Encountering an Angel
If I had to say something, this pair’s unusual black hair color isn’t common around here. However, they are still just here for adventurer registration.
Gatekeeper-san brought these two. Although it appears that one of them is a slave, from a glance I’d thought they were brother and sister. However, the next instant, the atmosphere froze.
“Meat, I’ll leave it to you.”
A slave is, in the end, a slave. As if to say that, the man naturally referred to the young girl as [Meat]… in other words, he called her a sex slave. When the girl answered normally, I doubted my ears for a moment.
What’s with this guy? Such an adorable girl, no, is it because she’s such an adorable girl? H-his sexual outlet…!? A girl whose arms are so thin they seem they’d break if they were touched ungracefully!?
T-this is… if I don’t protect her…! No, there’s no way I’m envying him you know!?
Ah, but isn’t she just adorable? This child’s black hair is so glossy I can even see rings of light reflecting from it. Her tanned skin is obviously smooth, it looks like it would feel amazing. Dog eared beastkin? A trifling thing! Isn’t her charm just so cute, like a pet? Isn’t she an angel?
As for the man, for him to have something like that, besides, umm, uwawah, no good, any more and… haah, w-what? I’m not envying him you know!? I didn’t fall for her on sight or anything!
… Ah, hold it back, hold it back, me… I have the bad habit of unintentionally getting excited over seeing small girls. Let’s calm down. That girl is so cute. Alright, I’m calm.
“It’s surprising… even though she’s such a small child…”
“Eh well, it’s because she was taught some useful things.”
“I-is that so?”
Whaaaaaat!? He taught her useful things like *beeeeeeep* and *beeeeeeep*!?
In other words, this Angel-chan with such an adorable face that looks like it was modeled to perfection… is like a succubus!?
She’s been expressionless since a little while ago, is that because she’s already experienced so many things and given up on life at her age?
With a body that already can’t live without men…!?
Calm down, me. I’m a receptionist, a receptionist. A very charming, capable receptionist.
Alright, work, me. Pay attention to your work, me.
I gave the simple explanation with a refreshing smile as always and began the interview.
… Sorry, I’ll confess honestly. I made a mistake in the order. I was supposed to give him the card after the interview.
Since Gatekeeper-san was a bit… well, because of him I went through the order backwards. Well, un, it’s alright since I could just take away his guild card if he does something improper? I won’t be exposed if nothing’s said to the guild head!
… Because it took money to make a card, he said I was a cheapskate when I said we wouldn’t return his money.
It’s just that I can’t reimburse them though. Well, even if I could, I wouldn’t want to give the man back his portion.
When I said that we could seize his card, he quickly changed his attitude. His lackadaisicality isn’t something I can trust.
Ah, let’s invoke the lie detecting magic tool…
I asked for their hometowns. When he said, “I don’t really know,” he didn’t speak as though he were just messing around. Nn? “Me too,” whaaat, Angel-chan doesn’t know either? Can’t be helped then♪
I asked for what they were good at. “I’ve never been in a fight,” eh, what? Does he think that he can become an adventurer like that? Moreover, he wants to somehow become a mage in the future!? You need money and connections for that… no, surely you don’t intend to force everything on Angel-chan while not doing anything yourself…!? Don’t make this quiet Angel-chan into a meat shield!
Eh? Angel-chan said, “I can work using my body. I’m even okay being beaten.” Is that from her coping with hardcore play? Angel-chan seriously is a succubus. I’ll embrace you! Rather, let me embrace you!
I asked them for their motives in becoming adventurers. However, “To improve my life,” well, un, that’s fine. You absolutely must be able to support Angel-chan. Eh? “Because Goshujin-sama told me,” in reality she doesn’t want to, was she forced!? Shit, what do you plan on doing if Angel-chan is injured!?
Finally, I asked for their criminal backgrounds and things they normally wouldn’t speak of. “Do you want to hear about my fetish?” I can figure out your fetish just from what I see even if you don’t say it! Angel-chan is adorable! She’s cared for perfectly, dammit!
Ahh mooou, I also want such an adorable child slave that calls me Goshujin-sama! Maybe I should go to the slave trader next holiday… though, such a cute slave would probably be super expensive… Something around ten gold coins.
Angel-chan said that she couldn’t remember… aww, it can’t be helped if she can’t remember. Aren’t a lot of things from before that Angel-chan can’t remember? A forgetful and violent clumsy child? Or maybe a drinking Onee-sama?
Wait hold on, wait a moment. Perhaps… Angel-chan, were you given some dangerous medicine!? Or a dangerous aphrodisiac that makes you forget yourself!? W-what a savage! It is this man after all, vigilance is necessary!
… Kuh—, I want to interview just this man if I could, but I can’t since this Angel-chan sticks to him. He hasn’t lied at all this entire time either…! In other words, they’ve both answered all of the questions honestly…!
At this point he’s almost entirely met the requirements for passing! Screw hiiiiiiim!!
“… What do you think of little girls? Please answer honestly.”
I added an additional question unintentionally. I hope that this man, no, this savage man reveals his faults…! I’ll reject him if he says any lie!
“Eh…? They’re cute, I guess?”
“I won’t lose.”
That’s right! They’re cute aren’t they! Young girls are the best! Aaaah that’s not a lie either, tch! Your young girl fetish is trash though! At least hide it a liiiittle!
Umm, Angel-chan, by won’t lose… umm, it’s that, right? That there are other Angel-chans, thaaat!? The dream where one isn’t enough and there’s a threeso*beeeep*!? Ah mou, please throw away that no-good man and come to Onee-san. How about it? Should I dogeza? Or maybe I should lick her *beeeep*hole? Should I lick Angel-san’s *beeeep*hole? What do you want?
… Haah, w-well, let’s think positively.
The both of them passed the interview without problem, so that means that the issue of me giving them cards beforehand will stay with me.
It can’t be helped. Let’s approve them… Tch, it’d be great if that man was attacked from behind though.
While concealing such a murderous intent, I gave them the detailed explanation of the guild.
“I see, I get it. Oh, should I watch out for anything else while staying in town?”
“… It’s better to keep away from the slum outside of the south gate. There, even though they’re slaves, they get treated harshly.”
That savage made such a cute child into a sex slave. At least please give her a more proper name. Or rather, please give Angel-chan to me.
“Thanks for the advice…”
It felt like he was being superficially polite there… that garbage man, he doesn’t seem to be reforming his behavior.
After that, Angel-chan and that trash carry-on accepted the restroom cleaning commission.
… It should be fine. That trash man surely wouldn’t have Angel-chan clean it by herself.
Though it’s fine to the public since she’s a slave, for that adorable child to clean a restroom that has been dirty for years and where even [Cleanup] has no effect… a-ah, what? I’m a bit excited, no no, I can’t!
I’ll take a particularly long lunch break to see how it’s going… this is my surveillance duty to see if the newcomer is doing his job properly. It’s my duty. I, who works without even taking my lunch break, am a commendable guild receptionist.
There aren’t many people right now either after all. Let’s leave the counter to my excellent colleague.
Now now, I’m sure that the client was Gutas-san…. I remember verifying that when I judged the commission. That intensely foul restroom… I feel nauseous simply from recalling it. I actually vomited. Two copper coins inside the commission’s reward are from me. Shit.
Then, I saw that that tactless trash. And he was just walking away.
Oi. Oi. Are you seriously skipping out and leaving Angel-chan to clean that foul restroom alone?
It’s at the level where Angel-chan would be able to win in court if she weren’t a slave you know?
Ahh mou, there’s no helping it. When it comes to this, there’s nothing I can do, but I will help her.
In no way am I just wanting to be together with Angel-chan or wanting to watch Angel-chan cleaning bravely while enduring her nausea. Not at all.
… To leave someone named [Meat] in a restroom, by no means am I thinking about doing something in this strange situation you know?
A~n~ge~l~cha~n♪ I’m coming to help you~♪
… Ah, the door’s locked.
“… I’m in the middle of cleaning, so no.”
“Umm, I-I’m here to help you know~?”
“… I’m in the middle of cleaning, so no.”
Kuh—, it somehow seems like Angel-chan has an iron determination. Wanting to do her own work by herself, such a straightforward heart is dazzling—!
It can’t be helped, let’s head back.
“Nn? Oh, Silia. What are you up to?”
“Oh my, Gutas-san. Eh, I came to see how the new adventurers were doing.”
“… Ah, I see.”
“Gutas-san, what’s that brush for? Surely the client himself isn’t thinking about helping?”
“That’s not it, I just remembered that I hadn’t given them cleaning supplies. I didn’t think that they wouldn’t have brought sufficient cleaning supplies despite coming to clean the restroom, they are newcomers after all huh.”
I see, newcomers often forget to prepare themselves adequately for commissions.
… … Huh? But Angel-chan said she was already cleaning.
“It seems like it’s being cleaned already though.”
“What? … It’s fine in that case then, but are they really cleaning it? They didn’t come to draw water either.”
What the… This is serious. This now affects the guild’s dignity if it’s being cleaned like how I think it is. Let’s definitely seize that trash’s guild card if it’s like that, he appears to be skipping out after all.
“… Understood. For now let me hand it to them, I’ll go check on them.”
“That so? Please do.”
I received the brush from them and went to the front of the restroom again.
“… I’m in the middle of cleaning, so no.”
“I came to give you cleaning supplies.”
“… I-I’m in the middle of cleaning, so no.”
Oh, she hesitated a little there.
“Are you cleaning without any tools?”
Eh, is she really cleaning without any? This is a grave situation.
“How are you cleaning?”
“… S-scrubbing, with my hands.”
Her hands!? No way, that toilet!? Bare-handed!?
“I-I can make it, cleanest.”
“C-can you!? Eh, but don’t you at least need water? To wash them… those beautiful hands…”
“… … I licked it off!”
What did she just say…!? Does she stick dirty *beeeep* and *beeeep* into her lovely mouth!?
For her to go that far, j-just what in the world kind of vast experiences did Angel-chan have to cope with to do that!?
“D-don’t do that! You’ll wreck your stomach if you eat that stuff you know!”
“… I’m used, to it!”
She does stuff like that daily!? That f*cking trash, what things are you making my Angel-chan do!?
“Really!? Are you really alright!?
“I-I’m alright. So! My cleaning, don’t interrupt!”
Kuh—, she said I’m a hindrance so there’s nothing I can do…
Returning the brush to Gutas-san, I reported that they were more or less cleaning the restroom with their own implements.
As expected, I wasn’t able to say that it was being cleaned barehanded and with her tongue…
Whatever the circumstances, even if she’s a slave… you can’t make a girl do that.
After coming to see how it was going for a little while, I decided to kill some time.
Let’s use this time go to the central part of the park.
The park is calming, isn’t it. To be such a quiet place even though it’s inside of a town, I think it’s very wonderful.
… Ah, that trash is laying down…
I found that incredibly detestable thing. Angel-chan’s would-be Goshujin-sama, Trash-san.
He’s taking an unashamed nap on the bench.
For him to take a nap while having Angel-chan clean that restroom… that f*cking trash. I want to puke.
Oooh, it would be juuuust right if a stone fell at such a place wouldn’t it. Weeeell, it’s such a nice day out, this is fun to play with~ah nooo~it slipped from my hand (in a straight line)~
Then, even though I threw it with all I had, he caught it.
… He wasn’t sleeping!?
This is bad, for an adventurer guild’s receptionist to openly attack a guild member, it might be something to apologize for. He’s definitely done sleeping and will get up, then give me a disgusting smile and have me do an unreasonable demand. No, that’s not it. This was just a coincidence. My hand just slipped. That’s why I won’t have to apologize. Yeah, just an accident you know?
… I took a stance so that I could run away at any time and watched how it played out, but it didn’t look like he was getting up at all.
What’s going on? Is he just telling me to leave as a favor!?
Kuh—, it can’t be helped… let’s just obediently flee.
Y-you better remember this! … Wait, actually please forget!
I went back to where Angel-chan was again.
“Oh, Gutas-san. What’s wrong? You’re in front of the restroom.”
“Silia huh. It’s… yeah, it’s turned into something unexpected…”
What in the world happened… Huh!? No way, surely Angel-chan didn’t collapse from the restroom’s toxicity!?
I must nurse her back to health! I’d better uncover her chest so that she doesn’t choke!
“Well, uh, how do put it… I think it’ll be faster if you just looked yourself. Ooi, Jou-chan. Open up.”
When Gutas-san knocked on the door, an adorable voice responded and unlocked the door’s lock.
… Un, Angel-chan is adorable.
“Umm, it doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong?”
“Take a closer look. This is the restroom.”
Nn? There’s nothing weird here… wait, please hold up.
“Isn’t it incredibly clean? Umm, this, is it really… that foul restroom?”
“Yeah, like when it was new… no, this restroom seemed a bit yellowed even back then.”
“… Doesn’t it smell kind of like flowers?”
“Yeah, it smells good… I wonder if they used perfume? No, even the original odor’s gone…”
For the restroom cleaning, I wasn’t able to shut my mouth as it was just too perfect of a job done.
… Ah, come to think of it Angel-chan cleaned the toilet with her hands and mouth right!? Then right now if I licked the toilet it would be an indirect kiss…!?
My dignity as a person, or Angel-chan… Uuuun, how about let’s stop being a person for a while~♪
“Ah, n-no, it’s nothing. But still, I almost kissed it out of reflex since it’s so clean and beautiful…”
“… Cut it out. You’ll wreck your stomach.”
“Hahaha… yeah, I would.”
“… Of course, I give the results of the commission top marks with no complaints. As for how it became this clean in such a short amount of time… I haven’t the slightest clue how it was done. Please give the additional reward to Jou-chan.”
To do this with her hands and tongue… Angel-chan, what kind of person are you…!?
“But… I wonder what to do now.”
“Nn? What is it?”
“It’s just, this Jou-chan won’t leave the restroom saying that her Goshujin-sama told her to wait for him. Really, how praiseworthy. What is he doing though…”
He’s just sleeping in the central park. That’s all. I didn’t say it though.
Alright, I’ll return the favor with this!
Now then, after that it was just around the time for the day’s work to end.
Mornings and evenings are both really crowded in the guild.
Even though it’d be fine if they just came all throughout the day…
Well, when the people wave finally broke, Angel-chan (and that trash carry-on) arrived.
As expected of Angel-chan to grant something like my small request.
Ah, that trash reported that he did the commission completely by himself. Seriously disgusting.
I handed the special reward to Angel-chan across the counter… kyaaa, finger, she touched… my finger! I won’t wash my hand anymore today! Her hands of purification were even able to clean that filthy restroom until it sparkled, so I don’t need to wash anyways.
Trash? Ah, un, you were there? It feels like you were laying down in the park though?
… Wait, why are you taking it!? Kuh, dammit. I forgot about the general rule: [A slave’s things are their master’s things, their master’s things are their master’s things]. But, aaah, Angel-chan looks so happy about being able to get that special reward from her work. Adorable. So adorable.
Then that trash asked if there were places that he should avoid staying at… No way, he still hasn’t decided!? ‘The slum is good enough for you to go alone! I’ll keep Angel-chan! I’ll be her new master when you kick the bucket!’ … is what I told him, but slightly concealed.
… Huh? Forty copper for a night’s stay? The heck, this guy can’t even do math?
You only earned eight copper today you know? Even with the special reward, that’s nine copper. Aren’t you like thirty copper short? Where are you getting the money… wha—!?
I-I just noticed something dreadful. Of all things, this piece of scrap is intending for Angel-chan to do ‘night work’!
The south district’s pleasure quarter prohibits children from taking customers, but the slum outside the south gate is another case altogether. There aren’t any laws there… shit, how much!? How much to buy the whole night!? Ah, of course I’m not planning on doing anything ecchi, I just want to caress her a bit! … Just a bit!
Well, I recommended [Sleeping Songbird Pavilion]—which is also my parent’s home—to him.
That place is just within his price range, and I can observe them even in the middle of the night. Fufufu, my resourcefulness is frightening…!
When I finished all of the guild’s work for the day and went home, it was already pitch-black outside.
… Somehow, me getting that process backwards was leaked. I received a scolding from the guild head.
By the way, when he saw Angel-chan’s registered name, the guild head was also worried. I also told him about that restroom cleaning work getting the highest evaluation, so when I explained Angel-chan’s usefulness, the guild head also responded with, ‘Hoh, that’s pretty amazing. If it’s true.’ Fufufu, it’s the end of that trash with this.
And so I returned to my parents home, but maybe Angel-chan has already left for her night work…? I thought that might have been the case, but when I asked my mother who was at the reception desk, it seemed that isn’t what happened.
… Eh? What did you say, mom? Room number seven? Isn’t there only one bed in there!?
Wouldn’t they definitely *beeeep* and *beeeep* with a single bed!?
Angel-chan, is your night-time succubus mode already in full throttle!?
Ahh mou, it’s hopeless. Angel-chan has been defiled. Well, she was probably like that from the start though.
Nn? There’s no reason to give up hope. At any rate, that Angel-chan has hands of purification. She can be restored even if she’s defiled. I’ve resolved myself on that.
I overslept! I’ll get dressed in a rush. Eh? What’s that? Room number seven became incredibly clean after Angel-chan left it?
… Uuu, I don’t want to check. There’s no way it could recover from that white stuff even if she touched it.
However, my worries were unneeded.
Right, since Angel-chan has hands of purification, it was already beautifully clean, reaching a level of clean that surpassed perfection. Same with things inside the room.
… The bed’s cloth is exceedingly white, it’s so impressive that I feel moved.
Wait, this isn’t the time to be getting moved! I’m off!
… Barely made it! Got here in time!
Eh? I’m late? No no no I just said I barely made it. Hey, I just saw Angel-chan pluck off a commission ticket.
Slipping through the adults, she made best use of her small body to sneak through the gaps between them and snatch a commission ticket… as expected of Angel-chan.
Come to think of it, she can write too can’t she. Even though that trash can’t… that means she knew how to from the start doesn’t it?
Well, that trash brought the commission ticket that Angel-took.
… A delivery… and rabbit hunting? It seems like a heavy load for a newbie.
Not even Angel-chan would be able to do them by herself. I told him, ‘You should stop you know? Are you planning on working Angel-chan to death?’ I concealed my intent thickly, but trash is trash.
Even though I definitely explained the penal regulations for failing commissions… did I? Un, I think I did.
At any rate, there was no choice but for me to register their acceptance, so I prayed for Angel-chan’s good luck.
When the wave of people calmed down, I showed up behind the supplies area.
“Hello. How’s today’s delivery commission proceeding?”
“Ah, Silia-san, It’s already done.”
“It’s already done!? The noon bell hasn’t even rung yet you know!?
“That tiny child adventurer is a wonderful worker, it happened in an instant.”
There’s no mistaking it, that’s Angel-chan!
“T-there weren’t any delivery mistakes either?”
“Nope, even though it was a pretty complicated area, she remembered just by seeing the map one time and brought five in one trip and easily brought the last two straight away. I even properly confirmed the receipt’s signature so there’s nothing wrong. With her amazing work there’s no mistaking she was born in this town.”
No, that angel came here from somewhere yesterday.
… But how? Angel-chan must be a genius.
So then next should be rabbit hunting?
Rabbits are cautious creatures, they’ll immediately dash away if they so much as see you. Even though it’s hard to just kill them, you need to hunt and kill them as cleanly as possible to make them into grilled meat skewers.
… Hmmm, as expected, this should be difficult even for Angel-chan.
Still, I can’t leave the town to go see how she’s doing, so let’s quietly just work and wait.
… Yeah, it’s not like I’m working another shift because I took a long lunch break yesterday and was late this morning you know?
I’m just eager to work. Oh dear, aren’t I just a beautiful, hard working woman. A model receptionist!
Un? A nominated commission? Haah, Gutas-san’s referral, restroom cleaning… so he wants Angel-chan to lick the toilet!?
Ah, come to think of it I didn’t say how she cleaned it huh.
… Maybe she’d clean mine too… Should I put out a nominated commission?
Before the evening, Angel-chan (and a trivial extra) returned to the guild.
She’s back pretty early from rabbit hunting.
… When I confirmed the commission ticket… yeah, as expected. It’s exactly as I thought. Highest evaluations. And for a large amount, one silver.
The newbie adventurers’ income went from ten copper on day one to one silver on the second. Moreover, they perfectly satisfied the rank up requirements with the subjugation commission.
Angel-chan is so wonderful that I want to worship her… Hm? Why can’t I? Isn’t it fine if I just crush and burn that piece of scrap that follows Angel-chan around?
This is already at the level of being a huge accomplishment. More or less, although it seems that the rank up requirements’ record of being satisfied in a single day has happened a few times, it was either from people dishonestly using ten-person parties with some amount of skill to split the work or a hero easily clearing subjugation commissions. Ah, nowadays its been decided that parties up to F-Rank have a limit of four people though.
For the time being, I went to get the guild head’s seal of approval for the rank up since it was needed.
“Because of that, I’d like to request Angel-chan’s rank up. You can ignore that extra.”
“Because of what!? Generally, setting aside that downtown commission, isn’t the subjugation commission that man’s work?”
“No, Angel-chan did it! I’m sure, because she’s Angel-chan!”
“That’s not a good reason… so this Angel-chan is that adorable is she?”
“Mou. First off she has magnificently lustrous black hair—”
“Oh, call her here for a moment. I want to see her as well.”
Suddenly, it felt like I was coerced by some of the guild head’s unknown nature.
“… Black hair, huh. Fufufu, perhaps, maybe?”
“G-guild head? Is there something wrong with black hair?”
“… … Silia, Business Regulation Clause 20.”
“Sorry, what was that?”
“The hero clause! Idiot!”
H-hero!? Eh, what, then… Angel-chan is a hero!?
“When registering a black-haired adventurer, you are obligated to always report it to the guild head without fail. It is very likely they are of another world’s hero’s lineage, or perhaps the hero themselves. —So, Silia? Do you have any explanation?”
“Sorry! I forgot since I haven’t used that clause at all!”
“Idiot! Are you even my grandchild!?”
“Call me guild head at the workplace!”
Then please don’t ask something like that! Mou.
“Well it’s fine, hurry and call her in. If she has black hair as you said, there’s a high chance of her being a hero… Ah, the hero clause, especially don’t let people other guild members hear about black hair things. This is also a business regulation.”
“Yes—understood! I’ll go and bring her, guild head!”
“Good… Ah, I also had black hair when I was young.”
“Eh? Ojii-chan was a hero too? Then, I’m the descendant of a hero!?”
A shocking truth was just revealed! I’m somehow a hero!
“[That’s how it will be]. Since heroes are kind to their town, using that technique is the recommended way to corral heroes. Most of all, since it would immediately be exposed without the person themselves calling themselves a hero, I’ll pretend that my father was a hero… Silia, your hair color isn’t black because you strongly inherited your mother’s blood, but you really do have an uncle that had black hair. Isn’t that good?” 
The hero was an illusion. Uu, the world is cruel. My dream was shattered.
“Now then, that black hair person was a slave huh… What, with my authority it’s easy to take away one or two slaves. Since that guy’s just a newbie adventurer, he probably wouldn’t have a problem with it if I just slipped some money over his way.”
“Then can I also be her exclusive receptionist, guild head?”
“In truth, it seems like you becoming her exclusive receptionist is somehow fate… I don’t mind. However, take care to never offend her.”
I went to go get Angel-chan in a happy mood.
Ah—. Come to think of it, that trash has black hair too… What should I do? I threw a rock at him.
“Idiot! You didn’t tell me that her master had black hair too!”
“Eh, I-I did you know? You probably just didn’t hear me right.”
“Look me in the eye and say that again.”
Tch, I’m repenti~ng.
“What would have happened if it weren’t for my cleverness and acting ability…? My guts feel cold. Well, either one of them is a hero or both of them are, I don’t care either way. Silia, you will be the exclusive receptionist to both of them. Keep a close watch on them.”
“Certainly… wait, how could both of them be?”
“They’re no different from excellent adventurers… at least, they might both be of the hero’s bloodline. Common sense doesn’t apply to them. Even if their black hair is just a coincidence, they are at the level of a hero.”
“Heeeh… ah, come to think of it they wanted to know about dungeons so I told them.”
“Is that so? Always make sure to understand the trends.”
Obviously. Well, when making this town your base, for less than forty coppers per night the best inn to use is [Sleeping Songbird Pavilion]. They’ll probably stay there today as well.
Oh dear, to be able to predict this, I did great.
“… But that alias. That Jou-chan you call an angel… I don’t understand her. Her eyes have determination in them, she’s well past her years. Strong, that one.”
“… Maybe I could replace my grandchild with her… no, it’s impossible huh.”
Nn? Aren’t I your grandchild?
Am I the thing you want to trade for Angel-chan?
- I… am failing at making that second sentence make sense in English. He’s saying that unless the person that called themselves a hero was actually a hero it would be immediately exposed, so he wants to call himself the child of a hero and lure potential hero/hero bloodlines to stay with the town by saying they may be his family. Return